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1. When traveling on a motorcycle with a sidecar, the passenger should ride:
On the motorcycle seat.
In the sidecar.
Either on the motorcycle or in the sidecar.
Neither on the motorcycle or in the sidecar.

If your motorcycle has a sidecar, it is best for your passenger to ride in the sidecar. They should keep their hands inside the sidecar at all times.

2. When riding with a passenger, you should:
Assume the passenger has traveled by motorcycle before.
Not assume the passenger has traveled by motorcycle before and explain the process.
Not let them ask questions.
Not bother with explaining anything since they are only a passenger and not in control of the motorcycle.

A motorcycle passenger needs to understand how to ensure a safe ride ride for both themselves and the operator. An operator should never assume the passenger already knows what to do. Give a passenger complete instructions before every ride.

3. Most crashes occur during the day. To lessen the chance of being involved in a crash, you should:
Wear darkly-colored clothing.
Wear brightly-colored clothing.
Not ride during the day.
Look for safer routes.

To minimize your chances of being in a crash, you should make yourself as visible as possible by wearing brightly-colored clothing when riding, even during the day.

4. In general, riders should:
Pick one lane position and always use it.
Change lane positions frequently to prevent monotony.
Choose a lane position that maximizes their space cushion.
Never use the center lane position.

Because road and traffic conditions are always changing, the safest lane position is also always changing. Choose the position that will maximize your space cushion and allow other drivers to see you most easily.

5. Riding directly alongside another vehicle:
Can place you in the driver's blind spot.
Is better than riding behind the other vehicle.
Is safe because it limits your escape routes.
Should only be done during the day.

Avoid riding directly alongside another vehicle, since this may place you in the vehicle's blind spot. If the driver can't see you, they may enter your lane without warning. Riding alongside a vehicle is also dangerous because the vehicle will block your route of escape if a hazard arises.

6. If your motorcycle starts to wobble, you should:
Accelerate out of the wobble.
Use the brakes immediately.
Grip the handlebars firmly and gradually close the throttle.

Do not try to accelerate out of a wobble because doing so will only make the motorcycle more unstable. Instead, grip the handlebars firmly, slow down by gradually closing the throttle, move your weight as far forward and downward as possible, and pull off the road as soon as you can. Avoid applying the brakes, as this may also worsen the wobble.

7. The center portion of a lane usually contains an oily strip. This part of the lane is:
Never safe for motorcyclists.
Usually safe, unless the road is wet.
Usually safe, unless it is sunny outside.
Always safe, no matter the weather conditions.

Oily drippings from cars collect in a strip in the center of a traffic lane. Unless the road is wet, this area will generally still provide enough traction for motorcyclists to ride safely. Because the strip is usually no more than two feet wide, it is often possible to ride to one side of the strip and still be in the center portion of the lane.

8. Since most crashes happen during daylight hours, you should:
Not ride during the day.
Wear bright clothing all the time.
Ride on the shoulder and stay out of traffic.
Wear dark clothing all the time.

Most motorcycle crashes happen in broad daylight. You should always wear brightly-colored clothing when riding to maximize your chances of being seen, even during the day.

9. When you are being passed by a vehicle on your left, you should:
Help the other driver by moving as far to the right as possible.
Help the other driver by moving to the shoulder.
Ride in the center portion of your lane.
Ride in the left portion of your lane

When being passed, it is best to ride in the center portion of your lane. Riding on the side nearest to the passing vehicle increases the risk of a collision. Riding on the side farthest from the passing vehicle is also dangerous because it may tempt them to merge back into your lane too soon. Stay in the center portion of the lane when being passed.

10. All of the following will lessen your chances of being involved in an accident, except:
Remaining alert.
Identifying hazards and prioritizing risks.
Riding without a headlight.
Maintaining a space cushion.

To reduce your risk of being involved in a crash, you should remain alert and ready to react to any hazard. Identify hazards and decide the order in which you need to address the hazards. Always use your headlight to make yourself more visible and maintain an adequate space cushion around your motorcycle at all times.

11. When riding in a lane of traffic, a motorcycle operator:
Should always ride in the same part of the lane.
Should vary their lane position according to riding conditions.
Should always ride in the center of the lane.
Should always ride in the left part of the lane.

There is no single lane position that is always best and no single lane position that should always be avoided. Vary your lane position based on changing road and traffic conditions.

12. Riding alongside another rider:
Allows you to maximize the surface of the road.
Should be avoided because it limits your escape routes.
Allows you to communicate with one another.
Makes it easier for other motorists to pass.

You should not ride alongside another motorcyclist because doing so will limit both of your possible routes of escape if you encounter a hazard.

13. Your lane position should:
Keep your intentions hidden from other drivers.
Encourage other drivers to share your lane.
Increase your ability to see and be seen.
Be close to the road signs.

A properly chosen lane position should provide a number of benefits, including an increased ability to see others and to be seen. It should help you avoid wind blasts, other drivers' blind spots, and surface hazards. Your lane position should discourage other drivers from trying to share your lane and provide you with an escape route, should a hazard arise.

14. Riding directly alongside another vehicle is discouraged because:
You may have a difficult time getting to a highway exit.
You may be in the other vehicle’s blind spot.
You may block the driver's view.
It prevents other drivers from passing both of you.

Riding alongside another vehicle is dangerous because you could be riding in the vehicle's blind spot. The driver may enter your lane without warning if they can't see you. The vehicle will also block your route of escape if a hazard arises.

15. The control for the rear brake is usually located:
On the right handlebar.
On the left handlebar.
Near the left foot.
Near the right foot.

The rear brake of a motorcycle is usually operated with the right foot.

16. What can you do to increase your chances of being seen at an intersection?
Ride while using your headlight.
Swerve within your lane to draw attention to your motorcycle.
Raise your arms.
Avoid using your brakes.

To increase your chances of being seen at an intersection, use your headlight and ride in a lane position that creates the best view of oncoming traffic. Maintain a space cushion around your motorcycle that allows you to take evasive action.

17. When riding a motorcycle, you should:
Not wear a jacket if it's warm out.
Always wear a jacket, even if it’s warm out.
Wear shorts in warm weather.
Not be concerned about long shoelaces.

For your protection, you should always wear a long-sleeved jacket made of appropriate material when riding. This is true even in warm weather because wearing a jacket is important to help prevent dehydration. You should also always wear long pants, and tuck in the laces of your footwear to prevent them from catching on the motorcycle.

18. A major effect of alcohol consumption is:
Heightened riding abilities.
The slowing down of bodily functions.
Increasing nervousness.
Increasing alertness.

Alcohol is a depressant. It slows down and impairs bodily functions, both physical and mental.

19. Where is the greatest potential for conflict between a motorcycle and other traffic?
Parking lots
Residential areas

The greatest potential for conflict between your motorcycle and other traffic is at intersections. Be extra alert when riding somewhere where another vehicle may cross in front of your path of travel.

20. Motorists entering a highway from an entrance ramp to your right may not see your motorcycle. To help the entering drivers, you should:
Sound your horn.
Flash your lights.
Move to the left portion of your lane so they can share the lane, if necessary.
Move into another lane, if necessary.

Give plenty of room to vehicles merging onto a highway from an entrance ramp. Merge into a lane farther away from the entrance ramp, if necessary. If it is not possible to change lanes, adjust your speed to allow room for the vehicle to safely enter the highway.

21. If your front tire locks while braking, you should:
Keep the brake engaged until you come to a full stop.
Release both brakes and coast to a stop.
Release the brake lever and use only the rear brake.
Release the brake lever until the tire regains traction.

If your front wheel locks while braking, you should release the brake lever until the tire regains traction and re-apply the brake.

22. It is best to not ride directly alongside another vehicle because:
You may be riding in its blind spot.
It is distracting to have a vehicle next to you.
Other drivers may want to use the lane.
It would be difficult to see what is happening behind you.

It is dangerous to ride directly alongside a vehicle in another lane because you may be in the vehicle's blind spot and the driver will have no way of knowing you are there. It can also be dangerous because the vehicle may block your path of escape if another hazard arises.

23. When an operator's left arm is extended straight out to the left, it means the operator:
Plans to turn left.
Is about to stop.
Plans to turn right.
Is about to slow down.

Instead of mechanical turn signals, operators may use hand signals to indicate turns or stops. If an operator's left arm is extended straight out to the left, it means the operator plans to turn left or change lanes to the left.

24. How often should a motorcycle operator check their mirrors?
More often than the amount time spent looking ahead

It is recommended that you frequently check your mirrors to be aware of potential hazards behind you.

25. Helmeted riders are ________ more likely to survive than those not wearing helmets at the time of a crash.
Two times
Three times
Eight times
Ten times

At any speed, wearing a helmet will make you three times more likely to survive head injuries in the event of a crash than you would if not wearing a helmet.

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